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Look At Little Sister – Challenge #194

‘Look at Little Sister’ was written by Hank Ballard and he recorded it in 1959 with his group Hank Ballard and The Midnighters.  I read that Hank’s little sister was the inspiration for this song, but I couldn’t find much on Hank’s family, as after his father died, the seven year old Ballard along with his brother, Dove Ballard were sent to live with their aunt and her husband in Alabama who were strict religious relatives and that is where and he began singing in church.  I guess there is a chance that this could have been a half-sister or a step sister.  Most of the lyrics in Hank’s songs were filled with raunchy double-entendres that left little to the imagination, pushing the envelope of what was considered acceptable in the ‘50s.  Ballard wrote the song ‘The Twist’ which was made famous by Chubby Checker and Dick Clark, the host of the TV show American Bandstand said that he viewed this song as the most important song in rock ‘n’ roll, because it was the first time the adult population ever embraced rock ‘n’ roll.  Clark said, “Before that, adults were ashamed to say they liked it.  They were folk fans, jazz fans — there was a sense that pop music was only for kids.  But this song became a darling of high society and every demographic.”

Stevie Ray Vaughn released his version of ‘Look at Little Sister’ on his third album Soul to Soul in 1985.  Stevie Ray Vaughan was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known as the guitarist and frontman of the blues rock band Double Trouble.  There is another song called ‘Little Sister’ that was written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman that was made famous by Elvis, but this is a completely different song and I should thank Paula for mentioning this yesterday.

At some point most teenagers get embarrassed by their younger siblings and I think that is what this song is about.  Older siblings may resent the younger ones because they think that the younger ones get more attention.  Younger siblings tend to resent older ones because they are more capable and get more privileges.  Just about anything can ignite an aggressive attack and lots of tears, but not in this song, as it seems to be all about fun.  I figure that Hank is a young teenager with an even younger sister, who is a free spirit that doesn’t give a rat’s ass about what the neighbors think about her.  She will always be his little sister, but she’s growing up and probably starting to fill out, and now she doesn’t look like a child anymore, but she still feels like one.  She’s dancing around in the backyard, which should be no big deal, because that is what kids do.  Her brother sees that she is getting older, and she is starting to develop a woman’s figure, and when she dances around, he doesn’t want a lot of men watching her.

She is “Shakin’ like a tree, rollin’ like a log” and “that ain’t all” which might imply that her dancing has taken on a more sexualized or sensual style, maybe dancing like a stripper or something, or just dancing really provocatively.  He wishes that his little sister would stop doing this, because he is worried about what the neighbors will say if they see her.  He is doing everything that he can to be a protective brother, but she likes to dance sexy and he can’t stop her.  Stevie Ray Vaughn was killed in a helicopter crash in 1990, the same year that Hank Ballard was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Midnighters were inducted in 2012.  Hank died on March 2, 2003.

Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey mama, look at little sister
Out in the back yard, playing like this
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, look at little sister
Hey, hey, hey, hey, look at little sister

What about the neighbors, what they gonna say
Stop little sister, gettin’ carried away
Hey, hey, hey, look at little sister
Hey, hey, hey, hey, look at little sister

Shakin’ like a tree, rollin’ like a log
Shakin’ and ‘a rollin’ now, that ain’t all
Hey, hey, hey, look at little sister
Hey, hey, hey, hey, look at little sister

Shakin’ like a tree, rollin’ like a log
Shakin’ and ‘a rollin’ now, that ain’t all
Hey, hey, hey, look at little sister
Hey, hey, hey, hey, look at little sister

What about the neighbors, what they gonna say
Stop little sister, gettin’ carried away
Hey, hey, hey, look at little sister
Hey, hey, hey, hey, look at little sister

 

The challenge today is to focus on this song and use it for a short story, a piece of flash fiction, or a poem that you can share with the WordPress writing community.  There is no need to stick with this song, as you could write about another Hank Ballard song, or a Stevie Ray Vaughn song.  You could also write about your little sister if you had one.  You could write about being a kid and having freedoms that you don’t have any more when you become an adult.  You could write about somebody who had an Epileptic convolution or somebody who has Parkinson’s Disease and they were “Shakin’ like a tree”, but please don’t be disrespectful.  You could write about a time when your sibling ratted you out to your parents for doing something wrong, or if you ever did that.

The whole point of this MM Music challenge is to get you to think, to trigger something so that you can show how creative you are and everyone is welcome to participate.  This challenge is very loose, so pretty much whatever you come up with will be acceptable.  I try to throw some ideas out there for you and if they seem right, then go with it.  You could write about the importance of the song ‘The Twist’ and how that changed things.  You could write a post about a time when you went to watch a stripper taking off his or her clothes and dancing.  Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie brings you a dose of fetish, good friends and an incomparable muse and next Friday on November 5 Dylan Hughes will be here with her First Line Friday.  I will be back on Friday, November 12 with another MM Music Challenge where we will discuss the song ‘Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)’.  You can either create a ping back to this post, or place your link in the comments section below.

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7 comments on “Look At Little Sister – Challenge #194

  1. newepicauthor
    October 29, 2021

    Reblogged this on A Unique Title For Me and commented:

    The Midnighters were an American R&B group from Detroit, Michigan who helped to launch the career of lead singer Hank Ballard and the worldwide dance craze the Twist. Between 1953 and 1962 the Midnighters had almost two dozen hits on the U.S. Pop & R&B charts and they became the first group in history to place 3 singles in the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time. This group formed in 1952 and after several personnel changes, the group stabilized with the lineup of guitarist and songwriter Alonzo Tucker, Henry Booth, Charles Sutton, Sonny Woods, and Lawson Smith. Hank Ballard and Sonny Woods met when they worked on the same Ford auto assembly line in Detroit. They became friends, and when Smith, the group’s lead singer, was drafted, Ballard joined the group to take his place.
    Double Trouble is an American blues rock band from Austin, Texas which served as the backing band for guitarist/singer Stevie Ray Vaughan. The group was active throughout the 1980s and contributed to reviving the blues, inspiring many later blues and rock musicians. Formed in Austin, Texas in 1978, the group went through several early line-up changes before settling on a power trio consisting of Vaughan, Chris Layton (drums), Tommy Shannon (bass). They became a four-piece by 1985 after adding Reese Wynans (keyboards).

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  4. Melanie B Cee
    October 29, 2021

    Here’s my distinctly different view: https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2021/10/29/mlmm-music-challenge-194-10-29-2021/

    Thanks for introducing me to some music I previously wasn’t familiar with! Great choice!

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    • newepicauthor
      October 29, 2021

      Thanks for joining in again Melanie and your song was perfect for the prompt.

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  5. Lou Carreras
    October 29, 2021

    Nice to see the SRV clips.

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    • newepicauthor
      October 29, 2021

      Stevie Ray Vaughn broke a guitar string in that second video and he kept on jamming. His crew handed him another guitar while he was singing and he finished the song with the second one.

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